Old Orange trees

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Blog entry by wtf posted 04-02-2013 08:49 AM 918 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Has anybody turned orange tree bowls? I ran across some that was very dry and had “bug trails” throughout. Turned out real nice!

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#1 posted 04-02-2013 05:54 PM

I donot have a lathe for turnings, but I have some dead orange trees on my property. (left by the previous owner).
Maybe I should call them ‘citrus trees’ because I have never seen the fruit they bare. Could be lime or lemon.
Any way I have removed them, loped up the branches for the Bar-B-Q and have the ‘logs’ left to run through the resaw.
Its a very hard and dense wood, light in color and with a tight grain. It will be interesting to see the sliced up wood as they will be small boards about 6” X 36”.
I don’t have a clue right now what I will do with them, but some project down the road will say “Pick me … Pick me!

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#2 posted 04-02-2013 06:44 PM

Yes, I have turned citrus. About 3 years ago I was given a few ‘Old’ orange trees. Fell, hauled. sawn, stickered, dried and use.
My trees were dying, thus they were spalted. I found the ‘spalted’ portion to be purple as opposed to the delicate yellow of the good wood. The wood is fine grained and as such does not have a lot of ‘figure’ but the yellow and purple combined made for very interesting pieces.

The resulting turnings have some very interesting patterns.The wood turns nicely.

Do not burn the wood. If nothing more, you will be one of the few that can say “Yes, I have worked with Citrus and it is very interesting”

-- Rustfever, Central California

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